The Colts tried a bizarre trick play that resulted in a turnover on downs and gave the Patriots great field position in Sunday’s game.
Facing fourth-and-3 from their own 37 late in the third quarter, the Colts sent the punt unit on the field but broke the formation with 15 seconds on the play clock.
They lined up with eight players bunched near the line of scrimmage on the right side of the field and punter Pat McAfee behind them. Receiver Griff Whalen lined up as the snapper with safety Colt Anderson behind him. Anderson took the snap and was promptly swarmed by the New England defense.
The Patriots took over possession just 36 yards from the end zone and scored a touchdown six plays later to stretch their lead to 13.
- Dan Gartland